From virtually the very first day of the coronavirus outbreak, there has been misinformation and panic about what will happen in the coming weeks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), tried to set the record straight this weekend, saying it is the job of our health experts to “not let that worst-case scenario happen,” the Daily Caller reported.
Dialing down the panic
As Dr. Fauci stated in this interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, when models are built, they offer several different projections. In this case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered a model that predicts a variety of scenarios, from best to worst, with several middle-of-the-road scenarios as well. In the worst-case scenario, almost two million people would die.
This model assumes no protective measures have been put in place, which is clearly not the case. Yet, the media continues to push this narrative rather than offering a full picture based on measures that have already been taken as well as measures currently being considered.
Addressing this very issue, Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked “We have in this country about 950,000 hospital beds and about 45,000 beds in intensive care units. How worried are you that this virus is going to overwhelm hospitals, not just beds, but ventilators? We only have 160,000 ventilators and could we be in a situation where you have to ration who gets the bed, who gets the ventilator?”
Dr. Fauci responded: “Let me put it in a way so that it doesn’t get taken out of context. When people talk about modeling where outbreaks are going, it’s only as good as the assumptions you put into the model and what they do, they have a worst-case scenario, a best-case scenario, and likely where it’s going to be.”
He went on: “Are we going to have a worst-case scenario? I don’t think so, I hope not. What are we doing to not have that worst-case scenario? That’s when you get into the things that we are doing.
“We are preventing injections from going in with some rather stringent travel restrictions and we are doing contained mitigation from within,” he added. “Our job is not to let that worst-case scenario happen.”
If you have listened to Joe Biden during his campaign, he has blasted Trump as a xenophobe and fear monger for initiating the travel ban against China on Jan. 31. So think about this: if Joe Biden were president, that travel ban never would have been put in place, and may not still be in place.
When the H1N1 virus hit the United States in 2009, the Obama administration was adamant about not announcing travel restrictions.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden said at the time that he would not want his family members to be on a plane during such a time. The White House spun his comments to walk back any indication that travel was at all dangerous during the pandemic, because of the economic implications.
In the end, 12,469 people died in the US from H1N1, so we have to wonder: Just how many American lives were needlessly lost in 2009-10 because Dems were more worried about being politically correct than doing the right thing?